While I’m out shooting real estate for Nooklyn, I create a ton of images, sometimes over 1000 in a day.
Several of these are simple and just document a space for the prospective renter, but occasionally, there’s something special, something that speaks to me.
I see in those images the potential to transcend their life as “just some real estate photos”
Maybe they can give a little glimpse into what life is like right now in NYC.
Maybe they can show some moment of beauty in light play and shadow.
In almost every case, these pictures were originally edited to be much brighter.
I’ve brought them down the level that suits my current aesthetic:
Shadowy, moody, contemplative.
You’ll likely notice a recurring theme of mine - light coming through dark doorways or windows.
I love the way the light gracefully spills into a dark room.
Side light, like that that comes in through a bedroom windows, helps to bring out texture in brick, stone, and tile.
Sometimes there’s a slice of history, like an old lobby that once contained and active fireplace, which as long since been abandoned and unmanned.
Sometimes i’m lucky enough to catch a little scene fo life playing out in front of a building.
Surely something used to happen in these grand lobbies. Were they filled with furniture? Staff? Activity?
Now they’re just vacant corridors people pass on their way to their apartments.
They still get nice light.
Many of the places I visit aren’t quite finished, and have a bit of construction debris around. I’ve come to embrace it and appreciate the places just as they are, mess and all.
This is just a moment in time for them, and there’s something magical to be observed in every moment.
And often in the midst of that chaos there’s a window with just the right light in just the right place, that draws completely away from the chaos.
And the best days come to a close with a beautiful sunset.